The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents this lycanthropic double bill as part of "A Monstrous Centennial: Universal's Legacy of Horror" - a series of screenings and an exhibition of artwork from the golden era of Universal Studios horror films. The exhibition runs from October 2 through 30.
This double bill will be followed by The Creature from the Black Lagoon and The Invisible Man on October 16. Most of the screenings take place on "Terrifying Tuesdays," although there will be some exceptions later in the month.
The Wolf Man stars Lon Chaney Jr. as Lawrence Talbot, an innocent man cursed to "become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms and the autumn moon is bright." Although the film is no masterpiece, the production values, makeup, and special effects are impressive even today; and Chaney is perfect as the tortured Talbot.
An American Werewolf in London is writer-director John Landis's comedy-horror riff on the werewolf mythology established in THE WOLF MAN. It's a good combination of laughs and screams, although it peters out to a weak finale.
More in this series:
- A Monstrous Centennial: Universal's Legacy of Horror
- Universal's Legacy of Horror: Bride of Frankenstein & Dracula
- Universal's Legacy of Horror: The Man Who Laughs (1928)
- Universal's Legacy of Horror: The Wolf Man (1941) & An American Werewolf in London (1981)
- Universal's Legacy of Horror: The Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) & The Invisible Man (1933)
- Universal's Legacy of Horror: The Birds (1963)
- Universal's Legacy of Horror: Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) & The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966)
- Universal's Legacy of Horror: The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957) & Tarantula (1955)
- Universal's Legacy of Horror: The Phantom of the Opera (1925)